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Nissan Leaf Inductive Charging Demonstration

Nissan Leaf Inductive Charging Demonstration

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Last week we told you that Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury brand, would be including wireless inductive charging on the option list for its first electric car. 

Now Nissan has confirmed that the 2014 Leaf will also be able to wirelessly recharge itself using a suitable inductive charging station, doing away with those pesky power cables for good.  

Demonstrated at Nissan’s Oppama plant ahead of the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, Leafs equipped with wireless inductive charging technology can still make use of regular and rapid charging stations that use a plug to deliver power, but can also charge using a wireless receiver placed under the car’s load-bay floor. 

Just like wireless charging solutions being developed by other automakers, including Daimler, BMW, Volvo, Ford and Toyota among others, the Nissan induction charging system will require parking spaces to be retrofitted with dedicated charging stations capable of transferring power to the car via a floor-mounted induction pad. 

Nissan Leaf Inductive Charging Demonstration

Nissan Leaf Inductive Charging Demonstration

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According to Autobloggreen, the inductive charging technology is around 80 to 90 percent efficient and can provide between 3 and 6 kilowatts of power to recharge the Leaf. 

For those taking notes, 3 kilowatts is the current limit of the 2012 Nissan Leaf’s on-board charger, while future models will be limited to a 6 kilowatt on-board charger. 

In other words, while wireless technology will win geek points due to its lack of wires, anyone wanting to charge their 2014 Nissan Leaf quickly will have to resort to ye olde fashioned rapid charging plug to juice up in under 30 minutes. 

The news about Nissan’s second-generation Leaf doesn’t stop there, however.  

2011 Nissan Leaf SL

2011 Nissan Leaf SL

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According to the rumor mill at AutoExrpess  the 2014 Nissan Leaf will boast a whole lot more than the ability to recharge wirelessly: it will cost less , travel further and even be able to power your home. 

Citing an anonymous source at Nissan, AutoExpress claims the 2014 Nissan Leaf will feature a bigger, more powerful battery pack capable of giving the car a much better range. Combined with other improvements in the car’s design, the anonymous source said the Leaf will become even more affordable with an impressive drop in sticker price for the 2014 model.  

Sadly, AutoExpress’ anonymous source wouldn’t speculate on how big that price drop would be, but when Nissan’s Smyrna, Tennessee plant starts to produce 2013 Nissan Leafs towards the end of 2012, we think a drop in sticker price is highly likely.  

There’s also an outside possibility that Nissan will chose to bring its recently unveiled Vehicle-to-house system to the U.S., meaning those who opt for the $6,500 system could power their homes from their Leaf in an emergency.

Although the system is primarily designed for the Japanese market, we’d assume it could easily be adapted to the U.S. power grid to offer Leaf owners a backup power supply in areas hit by extreme weather. 

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  1. It looks like the Leaf is just getting better and better every day. Why would anyone ever want a hybrid like the Volt and stay chained to the gas pumps?
     
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  2. It's because you are dumb.
     
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  4. All cars stop running when they run out of fuel, that's probably why AAA carriers gas cans on their trucks... duh
     
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  5. the reason that anyone would want a volt is so they can go an UNLIMITED Distance
     
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  6. Nothing is unlimited, if your in a Volt in the middle of nowhere and your out of gas and electric you'll still get stuck.
     
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  7. "Much better range." What's that mean? Right now the EPA has pegged the Leaf at a measly 75 miles.
     
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  8. what it means is that as i have stated, the snowball has begun rolling down the mountain.
     
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  9. I have no idea how the EPA came up with that figure. I drive with the heating on and regularly get more than that. I would suggest the Leaf's range, when driven sensibly is about 85 miles. Driven with care you can get 95.
     
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  10. I own a LEAF and the range is terrible in my experience. I'ts dropped to the mid 50 range this winter and I rarely use the heat lol Boy did I fall for that 100 mile range hype.
     
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  11. 80 to 90% efficient? And others are claiming 97%? This does seem more like what one would expect for wireless, but why the discrepancy?

    So this means that you are throwing away up to 5 kWh every time you charge, just because you can't be bothered to spend 10 seconds plugging in...
     
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  12. Wow. Combine a vehicle-to-house system with solar panels, and you have the makings of *real* energy independence!
     
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  13. Wow. Combine a vehicle-to-house system with solar panels, and you have the makings of *real* energy independence!
     
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  14. this is just the start of a big avalanche. if you look at the solar roadways site, there is technology to make all of our road system supply us with all the electricity the country can use, and more.

    that may be 50 years in completion, but the point is - there are big big changes for us and our offspring.

    we may still use oil for some things, but it wont control the world's economy any more. sorry gm and big oil, NOT !!!!!
     
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  15. Nissan, please fix the basics first. What the LEAF really needs is extended RANGE! Your claimed 100 mile range is vastly unobtainable in my experience and I'm a conservative driver who uses the car on city streets at low speeds. I've been averaging only 70 miles range per full charge to 100%. That has fallen to only 55 this winter and that's with minimal use of defrosters. I'm afraid to to turn my heat on. I'm constantly having to recharge the batteries which is a big frustration, added expense and wear on the batteries. The LEAF doesn't need more charge options or electronic toys. It needs a range we can work with and right now its not working for me.
     
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  16. oh, you mean the feature that was similar to the Renault Fluence ZE?
     
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  17. Powering your home from your Leaf in an Emergency seems like a bad idea. What happens if the electricity is out for a long time and now you not only have no electricity in your home, but also no way to leave?
     
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  18. Ah, Nikki... I have a love-hate relationship with articles like this. On the one hand, I love hearing about new developments, advances, technology. On the other hand, it is similar to being on the verge of buying a new laptop, only to hear that there's a newer version in the pipeline with more memory, faster CPU, sharper display, longer battery life, etc., etc. Sigh... sad to know that the EV I am going to buy next year will already be obsolete.

    Sometimes I wish manufacturers like Nissan would play their cards closer to their chest. Surely this will reduce demand for the Leafs that will head down the assembly line next year, since potential customers will now prefer to hold off for the 2014 model. How's that hole in your foot, Nissan?
     
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  19. I've been wondering for several years why car makers don't put a little scoop, or a big one, on their cars to run a air power turbine for some free electric power while the car is under way. I know they charge when they break, why not when they go. Actually, the faster the more. This came to me when I added a small (6" around) water powered one to a small water fall by my home. It makes all kinds of free power. With two more or an upgrade to a larger one I think I can run my entire home. Why not add a wind powered one to a car ?
     
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  20. @Glenn: Because you would use more energy to overcome the increased aerodynamic drag from that installation than you would get back from the charging it provided. The law of conservation of energy says there's no free lunch. Physics, y'know.
     
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